Free video-to-mobile goes into the black

After a promising start seven years ago, two types of digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) – which enable handheld device owners to watch TV on the road – are facing contrasting destinies.

Whereas operators of the free terrestrial DMB, based on over-the-air signals, are enjoying unprecedented prosperity, satellite DMB service – which charged people for programs – is set to shut down at the end of this month amid ever-increasing debts. Satellite DMB is based on videos beamed from a communication satellite.

Recent data from the Korea Communications Commission, successor to the Ministry of Information and Communication, show that terrestrial DMB service operators have “almost offset accumulated debt by increased revenue” in the fiscal year of 2011.

For full article see Joongang Daily.